How to have a Well Stocked Pantry

Baking at home is easy when you have a well stocked pantry.

Having these basics on hand, you can make dozens of easy baking recipes without having to dash out to the store for ingredients.

Organize your pantry to save time and money. Whether your pantry is a cupboard or a separate shelving unit, keep your baking ingredients together. Using baskets to contain your baking items will let you know at a glance what you have and makes getting ready to bake even easier.

To keep ingredients fresh longer, store dry goods, such as flour, sugars and baking soda in their original containers inside plastic food storage bags that can be sealed or in labeled air tight containers.

A well stocked pantry for baking includes these staples:

  • All purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Powdered (confectioners’) sugar
  • Vegetable oil
  • Cocoa powder – unsweetened
  • Oats
  • Chocolate chips
  • Baking chocolate
  • Pecans or walnuts
  • Raisins
  • Peanut butter
  • Coconut
  • Graham crackers
  • Vanilla extract
  • Lemon juice
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Canned pie filling
  • Evaporated milk
  • Cake mixes
  • Paper baking cups
  • Toothpicks
  • Parchment paper
  • Aluminum foil

To supplement your supplies, keep these refrigerated ingredients on hand:

  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Cream cheese
  • Sour cream

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